Meditation Classes at KMC SC in W. Columbia, SC

Scroll down to see the classes currently being offered at KMC South Carolina.  All classes are open to the general public and are offered on a drop-in basis; you do not need to attend each week in order to participate.

All of the classes on this page are held at KMC SC, 2999 Sunset Blvd., W. Columbia, SC  29169.

Sunday Mornings

Sundays, 10:30am – 11:45am
with Gen Nyema at KMC SC
Free; donations are welcome

The Wisdom of Letting Go:

Meditations for letting go of negative states of mindWisdom of Letting Go

It is common for people to give us the advice that we “just need to let go,” but it is uncommon for anyone to tell us HOW to let go.  The good news is that letting go of negative and agitated states of mind can definitely be accomplished once we learn how.  In this class series, we’ll take a closer look at meditations and practical teachings that help us to let go of whatever is troubling us.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation and the Liberating Prayer. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A. Class will end with Prayers for World Peace.

Class Schedule

August 17:  No class (Tranquil Abiding Retreat)
August 24:  No class (Empowerment Weekend)
August 31:  Why holding on doesn’t help
September 7:  Letting go of anger
September 14:  Letting go of anxiety
September 21:  Letting go of attachments and addictions
September 28:  Letting go of physical pain
October 5:  Letting go of grief
October 12:  Letting go of low self-esteem
October 19:  No class (Fall Festival)
October 26:  No class

Upcoming Series

Sundays, 10:30am – 11:45am
with Gen Nyema at KMC SC
Free; donations are welcome

The Product of Our Thoughts:  

Understanding our Mind to Create a Positive, Peaceful World

Most people understand that the quality of their thoughts determines the quality and experience of their whole life.  What we often do not understand, however, is how the mind produces these thoughts or how to change them.  In this class series, we will explore the nature of the mind, how it functions, and how we can change it, one thought at a time.  Once we understand how our mind works, we’ll gain the ability to create more and more positive states of mind, and thereby come to live in a more positive world.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation and the Liberating Prayer. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A. Class will end with Prayers for World Peace.

Class Schedule

November 2:  What is the mind?
November 9:  Five factors in every state of mind, part 1
November 16:  Five factors in every state of mind, part 2
November 23:  Understanding the roles of mindfulness and alertness
November 30:  Why positive minds are the source of happiness
December 7:  The most important positive minds for a happy life
December 14:  How negative states of mind arise
December 21:  Two inner enemies to watch out for
December 28:  Public enemy #1

Class Teacher

Kelsang Nyema

Gen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

Wednesday Evenings

Wednesdays, 7pm – 8:15pm
with Gen Kelsang Nyema at KMC SC
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)
* Class fee includes a light vegetarian dinner after class

Now is the Time for Change

In the book Transform Your Life, modern-day Buddhist master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, states that the spiritual path is Time for Change - FINALreally very simple:  Mainly, we need to learn to cherish others.  Why is deepening love and compassion for others such an important task?  How does it enable us to change our whole life?

During this class series, we’ll examine the intersection between our spiritual life our and our relationships with others.  We’ll discover the basic spiritual truth that learning to enhance love is the key element for a happy, healthy, and meaningful way of life.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation and the Liberating Prayer. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A.

Class Schedule

July 23:  No Class (UK Summer Festival)
July 30:  No Class (UK Summer Festival)
August 6:  No Class (UK Summer Festival)
August 13:  A new paradigm:  Recognizing “mother” sentient beings
August 20:  Living in a world of kindness
August 27:  **Lamrim Retreat Session**  (and dinner afterwards!)
September 3:  A self-centered world or an other-centered world
September 10:  A new kind of life

Upcoming Series

Wednesdays, 7pm – 8:15pm
with Gen Kelsang Nyema at KMC SC
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)
* Class fee includes a light vegetarian dinner after class

Shine Your Light: Meditations for Controlling Our MindShine Your Light_FINAL

Compassion is the very essence of a spiritual life.  By growing the inner light of our compassion, we’ll gain self-control, improve our concentration, clear our mind, and develop wisdom.  In this class series, we’ll explore the inner light of our compassion and learn how compassion provides fertile ground for cultivating the fruits of spiritual life.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation and the Liberating Prayer. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A.

Class Schedule

September 17:  Illuminating your life with compassion
September 24:  Taking and giving meditation
October 1:  The light of enlightenment
October 8:  The light of concentration, part 1
October 15:  No class (Fall Festival)
October 22:  No class (Fall Festival)
October 29:  The light of concentration, part 2

Class Teacher

Kelsang Nyema

Gen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

Tuesday Intro Classes

Tuesdays, 7pm – 8pm
 at KMC SC (2999 Sunset Blvd.)
$5 or FREE for students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)
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Have you always wanted to try meditation but never had anyone to learn from?

”Simply Meditate” is a three-week introductory series specifically designed for the complete beginner.  In addition to teaching basic meditation skills, participants will also learn how to bring the skills of meditation into daily life for a greater peace, harmony, and happiness.  Everyone is welcome; drop in for any class.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A.

Class Schedule

September 2:  What is meditation?
September 9:  Meditation and inner peace
September 16:  Meditation on the go

Class Teacher

“Simply Meditate” is taught by Paula Lozano, a member of our Foundation Program.  To read more about our teachers, visit our “Teachers” page.

Lunchtime Classes

Thursdays:  Teaching & Guided Meditation

12:30pm – 1:15pm with Gen Nyemameditating girl
$10 or $5 students/seniors

Thursday afternoon classes include teachings and discussions on various practical topics that relate to our work life and family life.  Each session ends with a short meditation.

Class Teachers

Kelsang Nyema

Gen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

Friday Evenings

Select Fridays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
with Gen Kelsang Nyema at KMC SC
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)

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A Book Study Class

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book, Modern Buddhism, presents the ancient teachings of Kadampa Buddhism in a way that is easy to understand and easy to apply for modern people.  In this twice-monthly class, enjoy the opportunity to study this remarkable book in-depth.  For each class, Gen Nyema will be reading from the book and giving commentary.  Classes will also include guided meditations based upon the book and discussions.

After class, please feel free to join us for dinner out.  Everyone welcome.

Visit emodernbuddhism.com for a FREE download of Modern Buddhism.

Fall 2014 Dates:

September 26
October 31
November 14
December 19

Spring 2015 Dates:

*No January dates
February 6
March 13
April 3
May 22
June 19

Class Teacher

Kelsang Nyema

Gen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

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We’re Family Friendly

On Sunday mornings, Ganden Center is fun for the whole family.  Upstairs, adults enjoy our Sunday morning meditation class and Prayers for World Peace.  Downstairs, kids and tweens/teens have their own classes.  Kids classes include hands-on arts & crafts, light-hearted Buddhist stories, and advice for a happy life.  Classes for tweens/teens are more discussion-oriented and give young people a chance to explore their own spiritual life.